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Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Nov 01, – Plans to create two vast ocean sanctuaries in Antarctica to protect the pristine wilderness failed on Friday for a third time with Russia and China blocking the bids, delegates at multi-nation talks said. The proposals for two huge Marine Protected Areas were on the table at the Commission for the Conservation of […]

November 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
EU environment ministers call for action on climate

EU environment ministers call for action on climate

Oct 29, – In a 40-page document released in Brussels, they also called on the 28-nation bloc to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) and said environmental action need not clash with efforts to limit energy prices. Thirteen European environment ministers urged the European Union on Monday to adopt ambitious energy and climate goals […]

October 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Antarctic ozone hole slightly smaller than average

Antarctic ozone hole slightly smaller than average

The hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer in Antarctica this year was slightly smaller than average in recent decades, US space agency NASA said. The average size of the hole was 21 million sq km in September-October 2013, while the average size measured since the mid-1990s was 22.5 million sq km, reported Xinhua Friday citing […]

October 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Indonesian volcano spits powerful burst of ash

Indonesian volcano spits powerful burst of ash

Oct 24, – The explosion at Mount Sinabung, located in North Sumatra province, shot black ash 3 kilometres (nearly 2 miles) into the air, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, said National Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said villages, farms and trees around the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high rumbling volcano were […]

October 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
California ‘sea serpents’ was egg-carrying female

California ‘sea serpents’ was egg-carrying female

Oct 23, – A 14-foot (4.2-meter) oarfish that washed ashore in Southern California last week was ready to become a mommy. The serpent-like fish — one of two discovered along the coast last week — was dissected on Monday and marine biologists found that the healthy female was ripe to spawn, H.J. Walker of the […]

October 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dangerous pollution levels blight Chinese city

Dangerous pollution levels blight Chinese city

Oct 22, – Air pollution levels in Harbin, a north-eastern city of more than 10 million people and the host of a popular annual ice festival, remained far above the levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Images showed the city’s roads shrouded in smog, with visibility in some areas reduced to less than […]

October 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Heavy smog in north China leads to flights cancellation

Heavy smog in north China leads to flights cancellation

Oct 21, –  Authorities in Harbin near the Russian border said primary and middle schools and some highways were closed Monday. At least 40 flights from its international airport had been cancelled or postponed. The official Xinhua News Agency said some buses also stopped running. The severe smog has reduced the visibility of a northern […]

October 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
A few tree species dominate Amazon

A few tree species dominate Amazon

Oct 19, – Researchers embarked on an ambitious endeavor to catalog the types of trees seen most often in the vast Amazon basin, which spans parts of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The world’s largest tropical forest actually contains a lot of the same kinds of trees, according to research on the […]

October 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Wood fires and diesel cars pose pollution threat

Wood fires and diesel cars pose pollution threat

Oct 15, – European regulators are expected to propose a tightening of EU limits on microscopic particles known as particulate matter (PM) and other pollutants, with legislative proposals due before the end of the year. While emissions of some pollutants have declined sharply in Europe in recent decades, more diesel cars and a rise in […]

October 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

Oct 12, – Particulate air pollution refers to tiny particles in the air known as PM10. The European Union’s PM10 safety threshold is 50 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3), but this study suggests that the harmful effects of PM10 may occur below that level. High levels of particulate air pollution — commonly known as smog […]

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